From Flu Facts to Anthrax Public Health is On The Job

Dr. Gregory Branch, Health Officer, Baltimore County Department of Health and President, Maryland Association of County Health Officers (MACHO) presented to a captive audience at the MACo Winter Conference on the importance of Maryland’s twenty-four local public health departments and the daily battles they face to protect the health of Maryland residents from emerging and existing public threats.

The session, moderated by Senator Joanne Benson, largely focused on the fundamentals of the public health departments and their role in protecting the health of county citizens. Highlights included an overview of the 86 mandated reportable infectious diseases and conditions in Maryland with an in-depth look at the emerging and high profile threat of Ebola and the common but persistent threat of the flu.

Dr. Gregory Branch
Dr. Gregory Branch

Dr. Branch also discussed the role of the public health departments in addressing common chronic diseases and emergency preparedness in the face of environmental hazards or natural disasters.

The takeaways:

  • County Public Health Departments work behind the scenes to prevent the spread of diseases, deaths and devastation, and to keep people healthy and safe.
  • Get to know your health officers before an emergency strikes.
  • Support public health funding to ensure healthy communities.

 

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